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CDB's AA/ A-1+ ratings affirmed

May 19, 2015
CDB's AA/ A-1+ ratings affirmed NEW YORK, USA -- Leading rating agency, Standard and Poor’s has affirmed the Caribbean Development Bank’s ‘AA/A-1+' credit ratings as well as its financial outlook at stable. “We are affirming our 'AA/A-1+' long- and short-term issuer credit ratings on CDB. The stable outlook reflects our view...

Canadian-funded justice project launched at UWI

May 19, 2015
Canadian-funded justice project launched at UWI BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Assistance to the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) region in drafting legislation to further regional integration and economic growth, more legislative protection of vulnerable groups against discrimination, the training of mediators to assist parties in solving disputes...

Caribbean fisheries ministers sign regional spiny lobster declaration

May 19, 2015
Caribbean fisheries ministers sign regional spiny lobster declaration ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (CRFM) -- In a milestone development for the region, fisheries ministers recently endorsed a new declaration on spiny lobster -- a highly traded marine species in the Caribbean -- at the ninth meeting of the Ministerial Council of the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM).

Unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean could rise this year

May 15, 2015
Unemployment rate in Latin America and the Caribbean could rise this year LIMA, Peru (ILO) -- The unencouraging economic outlook for the current year will likely prompt a mild increase in the regional unemployment rate to 6.2% from the 6.0% registered in 2014, according to estimates released on Thursday by the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean...

UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean

May 14, 2015
UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- UWI academics from across the Caribbean comprised over 65 regional and international thought leaders, who for three days engaged in vigorous debate and discussion on challenges and solutions for the Caribbean future. In a first of its kind event in the region, the Forum...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Self-care

May 14, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: Self-care Navigating "Island" Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: Self-Care. The hope is that this submission will cause you to reflect...

Record-breaking remittances received in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2014

May 13, 2015
Record-breaking remittances received in the Caribbean and Latin America in 2014 WASHINGTON, USA -- Remittances to Latin America and the Caribbean set a new record high in 2014, the increase reflecting significant growth in remittance flows to Mexico (8 percent), Central America (7.4 percent) and the Caribbean (6.3 percent), linked to the recovery of the economy and...

Mothers and children need more - not less - social protection, say ILO studies

May 11, 2015
Mothers and children need more - not less - social protection, say ILO studies GENEVA, Switzerland (ILO) -- The lack of access to social protection is still a reality for a large number of mothers and children worldwide, according to two studies released by the International Labour Organization (ILO). Social protection is defined by the ILO as the set of public measures that...

On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability

May 4, 2015
On World Press Freedom Day, UN says free expression vital for global sustainability NEW YORK, USA -- Freedom of expression and press freedom are critical to the successful implementation of good governance and human rights around the world, top United Nations officials declared on Sunday, as they inaugurated the 2015 edition of World Press Freedom Day with a reminder...

Support pledged for young Caribbean entrepreneurs at Commonwealth meeting

May 2, 2015
Support pledged for young Caribbean entrepreneurs at Commonwealth meeting ST JOHN’S, Antigua -- Youth ministers and youth leaders in the Caribbean have called for “strong recognition” of the needs and aspirations of young people at a high-level conference in Antigua and Barbuda. In a joint statement issued on Thursday, the governments of 15 Commonwealth Caribbean...

New report unveils far-reaching policy agenda to transform economies and gender equality

May 1, 2015
New report unveils far-reaching policy agenda to transform economies and gender equality PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- UN Women has launched its flagship report “Progress of the World’s Women 2015-2016: Transforming Economies, Realizing Rights”, which highlights how economies have failed to guarantee women's empowerment and the full exercise of their economic and...

Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries

April 30, 2015
Women's rights rapporteurs conduct study visit to four Caribbean countries PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- Rashida Manjoo, United Nations special rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences, as well as Commissioner Tracy Robinson, in her capacity as rapporteur on the rights of women of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...

RSF looks back on 30 years of defending freedom of information

April 30, 2015
RSF looks back on 30 years of defending freedom of information PARIS, France -- Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is marking its 30th anniversary by publishing a report that looks back on the three decades it has spent defending freedom of information. Entitled “Saving independent journalism - 30 years defending media,” the report examines what RSF...

Signs of recovery in Caribbean golf market, new study finds

April 30, 2015
Signs of recovery in Caribbean golf market, new study finds MIAMI, USA -- Tuesday saw the launch of the 2015 Caribbean Golf Overview from KPMG’s Golf Advisory Practice, at the annual Caribbean Hotel and Resort Investment Summit in Florida. The report, which provides invaluable figures for key stakeholders in the golf industry, is KPMG’s latest...

CARDI, ITC and EU to roll out 3.5 million Euro regional coconut project

April 29, 2015
CARDI, ITC and EU to roll out 3.5 million Euro regional coconut project CASTRIES, St Lucia -- As the demand for coconut products skyrockets, the coconut industry has significant potential to contribute to economic development and poverty reduction in Caribbean countries. The Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI) in partnership with...

Texas Caribbean community to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month on June 1

April 29, 2015
Texas Caribbean community to celebrate Caribbean Heritage Month on June 1 HOUSTON, USA -- Members of Texas growing Caribbean-American, immigrant and Diaspora community are preparing to make the journey to celebrate, for the first time, Caribbean Heritage Month inside the State Capitol Rotunda in Austin on Monday, June 1, 2015. The city of Houston is home to...

G20 presidency pledges focus on inclusive development

April 23, 2015
G20 presidency pledges focus on inclusive development WASHINGTON, USA -- The G20 presidency has re-iterated its pledge to ensure that inclusive development is a central focus of its summit in November. This follows a high-level annual dialogue with Commonwealth and La Francophonie (CF) countries in Washington last week.

Pensions at risk for millions in the Caribbean, says IDB report

April 21, 2015
Pensions at risk for millions in the Caribbean, says IDB report WASHINGTON, USA -- Experts and policy makers gathered on Monday at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) to discuss the future of pensions in Latin America and the Caribbean. A panel discussion moderated by CNN journalist Gabriela Frias explored different policy approaches...

EarthTalk: What can I do for Earth Day 2015?

April 20, 2015
EarthTalk: What can I do for Earth Day 2015? April 22, 2015, is the 45th annual celebration of the first Earth Day in 1970, when 20 million Americans took to the streets, parks and auditoriums to demonstrate for a healthy, sustainable environment in massive coast-to-coast rallies. Back then, thousands of colleges and universities organized protests.

Regional commission to assess cannabis use in the Caribbean

April 17, 2015
Regional commission to assess cannabis use in the Caribbean CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Regional heads of government in the Caribbean have agreed to establish a regional commission on cannabis to conduct an enquiry into the social, economic, health and legal issues surrounding cannabis use in Central America and the Caribbean and to advise on possible...

Mentoring to tackle the problem of gangs, says Caribbean institute

April 15, 2015
Mentoring to tackle the problem of gangs, says Caribbean institute BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Mentorship Institute (CMI) says it is alarmed by the number of young people who have been associated with gang-related activities within the Caribbean region. The Institute, which focuses on the mentoring of young people, believes that mentoring...

Former USVI senator in Europe to expand upcoming book

April 14, 2015
Former USVI senator in Europe to expand upcoming book SIENA, Italy -- Former US Virgin Islands senator Wayne James is in Europe expanding his anticipated, cutting-edge book on men's manners, Manly Manners: Lifestyle & Modern Etiquette for the Young Man of the 21st Century, from the originally planned 800 pages to 950 pages.

Obama cautions against legalisation of marijuana

April 13, 2015
Obama cautions against legalisation of marijuana KINGSTON, Jamaica (WINN) -- The American government may not decriminalize or legalize marijuana on a national level anytime soon, said US president Barack Obama, addressing a question last week from a Rastafarian man at a town hall meeting in Kingston, Jamaica, during his visit to that island.

Press organisation calls for reaffirmed commitment to freedom of expression

April 13, 2015
Press organisation calls for reaffirmed commitment to freedom of expression PANAMA CITY, Panama -- The Inter American Press Association (IAPA), through a delegation visiting Panama, on Thursday announced an open proclamation that called on government leaders of the Americas taking part in the seventh Summit of the Americas to “reaffirm their commitment to freedom...

Caribbean reparations discussed in New York City

April 13, 2015
Caribbean reparations discussed in New York City NEW YORK, USA -- On Friday, delegates from many countries assembled at York College in New York City to discuss the possibilities of seeking reparations for crimes committed against their people by many European countries and the United States. This invitation was extended to them by the...

Commonwealth and La Francophonie to hold 'vital' dialogue with G20

April 11, 2015
Commonwealth and La Francophonie to hold 'vital' dialogue with G20 LONDON, England -- Commonwealth and La Francophonie member countries will flag pressing development challenges and priorities at a dialogue with the G20 in Washington, DC, on 14 April. The annual outreach, convened by the Secretariats of the Commonwealth and La Francophonie...

ACP sugar suppliers alarmed at collapse in sugar prices

April 11, 2015
ACP sugar suppliers alarmed at collapse in sugar prices BRUSSELS, Belgium (ACP) -- The African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group sugar suppliers to the EU market are deeply concerned with the sharp decline in the sugar prices, which has come much sooner than expected. This, in ACP’s view, is the direct consequence of the imminent abolition of...

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